Meizu launched its new smartphones – Meizu 15, Meizu 15 Plus and Meizu 15 Lite – at an event in China yesterday. The smartphones are the first major enhancements to Meizu’s smartphone portfolio in a really long time. The smartphones arrive as Meizu marks its 15 years in the industry, and aims to continue fighting against larger Chinese brands including Huawei and Xiaomi.
Alongside the trio of Meizu 15 smartphones, the Chinese company also introduced two new audio products – the Meizu POP Wireless Earbuds, and the Meizu Halo Laser earphones. Here is everything you need to know about these two products.
Meizu POP Wireless Earbuds
Meizu is entering the wireless earbuds segment pioneered by the likes of Bragi and Apple AirPods with the launch of POP Wireless Earbuds. In terms of design, it seems to closely resemble Samsung’s Gear IconX than any other such product. However, the smartphone does stand out as an inexpensive piece of truly wireless earbuds.
In terms of features, the Meizu POP comes in white color, and has a matching case that doubles up as a charger. The earbuds weigh just 5.8 grams, and include a 85mAh battery that can last up to three hours on a single charge. The charging case provides an additional charge of up to 12 hours via its own 700mAh battery. Meizu says the case can charge the earbuds four times over and the case itself can be recharged via the USB Type-C port or by placing on a wireless charging pad.
The earbuds connect to mobile devices via Bluetooth 4.2, and have touch-sensitive controls that can be used to play, pause or change music. Meizu POP users can also answer or reject calls and wake the voice assistant. The POP is exclusive to Chinese market, and it also includes ability to wake Meizu’s voice assistant on phones running Flyme 7.0 operating system. The POP is IPX5 certified, and it is priced at RMB 499 (around Rs 6,000), and will go on sale on April 29.
Meizu Halo Laser Earphones
Meizu Halo Laser is a wired Bluetooth earphones that use Corning’s Fibrance Light Diffusing fibers for the cord of the earphone. The earphones use laser diodes from OSRAM to illuminate the earphones. The laser effect on the Halo Laser earphone comes with three modes with the music mode where the intensity of the light changes with the rhythm of the song. There is a second static mode where the light remains static, and flash mode where the light flashes at two-seconds interval.
Two new earphones! The POP and the Halo, sadly the latter will only be for the domestic Chinese market. pic.twitter.com/toxNjdpffQ
— MEIZU (@meizuofficial) April 22, 2018
The laser on the Bluetooth earphone can be adjusted via a custom app, and users can also adjust the intensity or turn it off altogether if they wish to. When the laser is turned on, the earphones last five hours on a single charge with the brightness set to 50 percent and when turned off, it lasts up to 15 hours on a single charge.
While laser lights are the major highlight here, the Halo Laser earphones also support aptX lossless audio and have ear hooks and an in-line remote control. The Halo earphones pack a 360mAh battery that can charged in 1.5 hours. It is priced at RMB 999 (Rs 10,000), and come in blue and red. The Halo Laser will go on sale starting April 29.